Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its final rule for Medicare Part D which does not include the full range of proposed changes to drugs in the ‘six protected classes’ of cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and organ transplants.
Access to Affordable Cancer Drugs Press Releases
Television and Digital Ad Campaign Calls on HHS Secretary Azar to Stop Proposed Changes to ‘Six Protected Classes’
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) launched an ad campaign this week highlighting deep concerns from cancer patients and survivors over the dangerous impact that proposed changes to Medicare Part D’s six protected classes could have on their access to critical drug therapies.
New Survey: Utilization Management Delays Cancer Care; Leads to More Stress and Contributes to Worse Outcomes
A new nationwide survey of cancer patients, caregivers and doctors details the negative effects insurance utilization management policies in private insurance have had on patient care and what those policies could mean should proposed changes to Medicare’s Part D’s “six protected classes” prescription drug coverage policy go into effect.
Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will tune into the president’s State of the Union address to see if the president will commit to strengthen the nation's health care system, support life-saving medical research and improve quality of life for patients.
ACS CAN and Nearly 60 Patient Advocacy Groups Send Letter Raising Alarm Over Changes to Medicare Part D Cancer Drug Coverage
On Friday the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) along with nearly 60 other patient advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about how proposed changes to Medicare Part D’s six protected classes could hurt cancer patients’ time
ACS CAN Letter: Proposed Changes to Medicare Drug Coverage Could Delay Cancer Patients’ Access to Treatment
Today the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) submitted comments to the Department Health and Human Services (HHS) detailing ways in which proposed changes to Medicare Part D’s six protected classes could jeopardize cancer patients’ timely access to drug therapies.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is launching a new print and digital ad campaign today emphasizing the dangerous impact that proposed changes to Medicare Part D’s six protected classes could have on patients’ access to affordable drug therapies.
Cancer Patients in Medicare Could Face Cost and Care Barriers Under Proposal to Alter ‘Six Protected Classes’
The Department of Health and Human Services announced proposed changes to the Medicare Part C and D regulations today that if finalized could dramatically impact access to affordable medication and quality care for cancer patients on the program. The administration is proposing to alter rules around Medicare Part D’s “Six Protected Classes.” The proposals could have cost, care and safety implications.
On Friday, October 26, ACS CAN will host its annual policy forum in Oregon. This year's event focuses on the pressing issues surrounding the cost of breast cancer across different types of insurance.
Allowing Step Therapy in Medicare Part B Could Erect Barriers to Care for Cancer for Cancer Patients
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance last night giving Medicare Advantage plans the option of applying step therapy for physician-administered and other Part B drugs, effective January 1, 2019.